Dot’s Downtown Beat

DOT’S BEAT: Celebrate our Children

DOT’S BEAT: Celebrate our Children

by Dot Helling As we enjoy our July summer activities and celebrate holidays such as Independence Day, let’s also celebrate our children. While substitute teaching at the Union Elementary School this spring, I was struck by what a special place this is for kids. Few places in the world provide the environment for kids that […]

DOT’S BEAT: Saying Goodbye to a Canine or Feline Family Member

DOT’S BEAT: Saying Goodbye to a Canine or Feline Family Member

by Dot Helling The dreaded time has come—time to say goodbye to my dog, Sophie. Every time I’ve lost a pet, I’ve said, “Never again.” “Never again” will I adopt a cat or dog. “Never again” will I let a canine or feline become a part of my family. “Never again” will I allow myself […]

DOT’S BEAT: One Step Forward at a Time

by Dot Helling Each spring runners, joggers and walkers take to our roads to train for events like the Corporate Cup and the Vermont City Marathon.  Are you one of them? If not, why not? I hear many reasons for not getting out there:  “The weather is bad. My knees are bad. I’m too busy.”  […]

DOT’S BEAT: Treasure Your Trees, Protect the Endangered Ash, and Celebrate TreeCity

DOT’S BEAT: Treasure Your Trees, Protect the Endangered Ash, and Celebrate TreeCity

by Dot Helling Earlier this spring I was alarmed to learn that the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) had been verified in the nearby towns of Plainfield, Barre, Groton and Orange, as I have 11 white ash trees on my small residential property in downtown Montpelier. Surveillance teams have been studying the path […]

DOT’S BEAT: Dot’s Montpelier Wish List

DOT’S BEAT: Dot’s Montpelier Wish List

by  Dot Helling This “snowbird” is about to fly her Vermont coop for the snowy, sunny Rockies. Saying farewell to my home state, even for a few months, always tears at my heart strings. In anticipating my 2018 return home, I’ve put together my “Montpelier Wish List.” This list is by no means exclusive or […]

DOT’S BEAT: Montpelier’s Numbers

by Dot Helling What’s in a number? A number is a total amount or quantity as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Using numbers is a way of keeping track of things. While numerology deals with the occult significance of numbers, number theory is the mathematical study of integers (whole numbers that can be positive, negative, or […]

DOT’S BEAT: Walkers With Purpose 

DOT’S BEAT: Walkers With Purpose 

story and photos by Dot Helling One of the beauties of Montpelier is its “walkability,” a primary reason why I like living downtown, and so that I can drive as little as possible. Not only does less driving save on gas, but I feel I am doing my part to help save the environment by […]

DOT’S BEAT: How Contests Shape Montpelier

by Dot Helling Montpelier is a city of “contests,” whimsical and fun, for fundraising and creative incentives. A “contest” is generally defined by Webster’s as an event in which people engage in competition, usually to attain a position of power. The purpose of a contest can be synonymous with social reasons or simply a means to […]

DOT’S BEAT: The Mystique of Our Cemeteries

DOT’S BEAT: The Mystique of Our Cemeteries

story and photos by Dot Helling My first encounter with a cemetery was at age 5, when we were laying my father to rest. He was buried in a beautiful, serene setting, a cemetery where now you need a computer- generated map to locate the graves. I’m not aware of any such expansion occurring in […]

Changes, Changes, Changes! Dot Helling Regrets Loss of the Coffee Corner

Changes, Changes, Changes! Dot Helling Regrets Loss of the Coffee Corner

by Dot Helling Montpelier is steadily changing. Change is inevitable and can be good, but change can also be unsettling and create a sense of loss and displacement. I’m viscerally aware of the changes because I leave each winter for Colorado. I return each spring because this is my home, Vermont is my politics, and […]